Hello VK fans! It is my pleasure to introduce to you a fairly new band
called SURGE - outofdesperation or SURGE for short. SURGE is a Brazilian Visual
Kei band that first came to the scene in 2010. By the end of 2010 SURGE was
already lined up to do their first concert at Otaku Spirits on Belo Horizonte. Since
then they have steamrolled playing 9 more lives over the past few years with up
to 2,000 attendees at one of the lives. It was at one such live, Anime BH 2011
with their impressive musical and visual quality that they attracted the
interest of a Japanese label. Which they have been working closely and
recording their first album! There is no release date yet but we will keep you
posted when we have new information.
Their style is influenced by Visual Kei, Angura Kei and Nagoya Kei. The band
consists of 5 members. Vocals and the leader is Kazuki Yagami. Guitarists are
Ale Verukan and Smash. Bass is played by Dayrell. Last and certainly not least
the drums are mastered by Tai Kioshi. In just a few years they have grown to 26,000
hits on their blog and have fans from all over the world including Japan, US,
Germany and Russia just to name a few. Of course there are fans from many other
countries but I would be here all day listing them. They have also been seen in
the media. Just recently they had a feature on the well known VijuLoveCafe.
SURGE has also had an article written in a Japanese magazine ZOUSS no.88. This
is a great band, definitely worth a listen to and they have great potential.
Also there will be a new look reviled soon. One pic will be revealed at a time during this week. So keep a close eye on their Facebook page. While your checking out their Facebook page don't forget to watch their YouTube channel and follow them on Twitter.
Here is a video to give you guys a little taste of SURGE.
My group and I began watching the doors to the Main Events hall at about 8:00pm, two hours before the doors were scheduled to be open. Surprisingly, there weren’t many people lining up at the time. By 8:30pm, around 8 to 10 people had managed to start sitting against the wall near the double doors; half an hour later, that amount quickly tripled. Security guided people around the corridor, separating the press and VIP from the regular attendees; the attendees line stretched about ¾ of the way down the wide hallway. Despite the impressive gathering, as the doors opened, only about 1/3 of the ballroom was filled, leaving plenty of room for the chairs filling the second half of the concert hall. Press and VIP entered accordingly, walking calmly across the room. I remember seeing the chairs and thinking, Who would sit through this show? Moments later, the rest of the crowd stampeded to the stage.
The was no barrier, making it very easy for anyone up front to simply reach up and touch anyone or anything on the platform. I, barely being tall enough to look over the platform, stood on a small rail to my right, knowing very well that I would not be able to move. My legs were sandwiched between the audience and the rail guarding the convention's cameramen; I could hardly feel either leg. The room was dark with the familiar blue tint from the stage lights--all silence had been broken by the excited chattering of fans and sounds of working cameras.
The lights dimmed and the crowd quickly became frisky with anticipation as Roger Shackelford, Director of Tainted Reality, walked onto the stage acting as MC. He wore a gothic rock get-up, seeming to match the performing band’s style fairly well. He yelled into his microphone, addressing the crowd and getting them revved up for the show by telling us a story.
In 2005, he had attended Katsucon as a regular attendee himself for the performance of the band Psycho le Cému. He reminisced about how amazed he was by their concert, pointing to a member of the audience to indicate where he was standing those 8 years ago. He discussed his dream to be standing on this very same stage and how that dream has come true.
When he had finished, everyone had cheered, full of emotion and approval of his accomplishment before Roger managed to introduce the band to the stage. I had never been so happy to have earplugs before in my life as I heard the fans overpower the sound of the introductory SE when the band took over the stage. Despite the enormous speakers, the noise from the crowd often managed to overpower the sound from the speakers.
THE SOUND BEE HD is a band that you really need to see and hear live in order to understand! In my personal opinion, they are so much better to experience rather than listen to.
Great news from LIPHLICH!
It was announced today that the band is going to release their 4th Single entitled 「マズロウマンション」 (Mazurou Mansion) on July 24th! More details to be available soon. Source: Vocalist Kuga and Guitarist Takayuki via Twitter
Left to Right: Ba. Nick, Ds. Danny, Vo. Maria, Gt. Nan
HOSHI★FURU is a band based in Canada and originally began with a visual kei influenced in 2008. They went through constant line-up changes during this period with the only consistent members being Maria on vocals and Nan on guitar, having recently welcomed Nick on bass and Danny on drums as official members in 2012. Although over the years they began to lose their visual kei, they remained influence by Japanese rock as a whole as well as picking up other genres such as hardcore punk, metal, and screamo.
Their influences in the Japanese music scene include LUNA SEA, DIR EN GREY,and Utada Hikaru while their strong western influences are Comeback Kid and Underoath. Nan composes all of the music and Maria writes all of the lyrics and creates most of the vocal melodies and screams.
HOSHI★FURU only began to take activities seriously in 2012 and were signed to the independent record label Underly shortly after releasing a free downloadable single entitled "Hatsukoi", which is a punk cover of Utada Hikaru's "First Love". They released their self-titled debut EP in March 2013, which includes the songs "Anata, "Sono Hibi Deshita", "Hitoribocchi", "Kiwoong Kim", and "Starfall Paradise" as well as their first PV "Kiwoong Kim" shortly after the release of their self-titled debut EP in March 2013.
HOSHI★FURU have been performing at anime conventions across Ontario and Quebec, which includes an appearance at Canada's premier fan run anime convention Anime North in 2012 and, thanks to J-Rock North Promotions, they will be performing at Anime North for a second year in a row on Friday, May 24th
ARTISTIC ANARCHY PRESENTS... PHORMATIVE_2.0 [ANIMEDIA] - Thursday, May 23rd (Izakaya Sushi House, 294 College St, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1R9)
ANIME NORTH 2013 - Friday, May 24th (Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario, M9W 1J1)
Sorry for the wait but we now have our Noiz give away WINNER! Congratulations to @arigach! please send us a DM via twitter so we can make arrangements to send your prize. Once again congratulations. As for everyone else please look forward to our next give away!